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New Sewing Machine & Scrap Swap

So the big news of the weekend is that last night I went out and purchased the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 855. I also picked up the quilters feet set and the extension table for my machine. Because I purchased the machine I got 20% off accessories I purchased that night and from now on I’ll get 10% off future purchases. They have nice Mettler thread there so I’m sure I’ll be stocking up on my thread for applique and such as time goes by. Tried it out sewing some scraps together and then I pieced my quilt back for the lap quilt commission I have. So far all is well! I love the needle up/needle down...
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05 – Sewing Machine Saga, Basting, Book Review & Quilty Updates

Thank you commenters! What I’ve Been Up To Commission Progress (Ribbon Quilts, Blue and White Lap Quilt) Basting Adventures Sharon Schamber Basting Tutorial Video 1 Sharon Schamber Basting Tutorial Video 2 Quilting in Harmony Reviews This Method: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Hanging Triangles for Wall Hangings Tear away stabilizer sitting in your pantry I test out the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875 Quilt edition sewing machine and get frustrated with my Janome refusing to make buttonholes Another Fabric Basket created Purchases – more Basic Origins fabric, an assortment from Fabric.com, tumbler template for charm squares.  Watch for the Quilter’s Daily Deal! ok Review – Quick and Colorful Applique
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All Work and No Play….

Finished one of my commissions. Had to get this one done in between quilting the lap quilt. I love the way they turned out. Really had fun designing these two dog ribbon quilts. Can’t wait to see what she thinks about them! Tomorrow they’ll be shipped off to their new home.
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Sewing Machine Saga

So last night, as I’m finishing two commissioned pieces my sewing machine decides it doesn’t want to do buttonholes for me anymore.  This is a problem since my dog ribbon quilts need 5 buttonholes each if I do them the usual way. So I think I’m going to have to re-do the fabric I was using as the flaps for the buttonholes since the bias tape wasn’t feeding well through the machine to do a buttonhole.  It was something new I was trying and it didn’t work.  That’s ok – it just got me so frustrated with my sewing machine I wanted to toss it into the street. So I’m doing more research into a new...
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Free Pattern Friday

Are you following the Block-a-Palooza that is being organized by Quilt Dad?  If not you are missing out on some fantastic free patterns! Two blocks a week are being posted and bloggers from all over the quilting blogsphere are designing and sharing some lovely free block patterns.   I think my favorite block so far is Block 6: You are Here -  the one created by Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie.  I want to do an entire quilt in this block. Just look at the gorgeousness: Designed by Monica-Soloro Snow “Block 6: You are Here” The best thing about this block is I think it would work perfect for me to use the EZ Star and...
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WIP Wednesday Roundup

I’ve made some progress this week on commissions!  The big one is almost ready to be basted.  I need to really press it good again after being wrestled through the sewing machine for the applique stitches, then piece the back together THEN baste it.  I’m just going to do straight line quilting on it.  The words are gaming tags/name for a gaming clan if anyone is curious.  :) My blanket stitch turned out better on this project than in previous ones.  I was going to do a zig zag stitch but decided to do a blanket stitch instead.  Of course, after doing all this the applique foot I ordered from Fabric.com came in yesterday.  Oh well...
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04 – Patterns, Works in Progress, and the Fair!

I thank commenters for all the great suggestions and notes about my podcast City & Country Crossings Sent me Two great patterns and a selection of fat quarters from the Sew Mama Sew blog giveaway extravaganza. Slideshow from my recent guild meeting Jacqueline De Jonge Be Colorful Paper Pieced Quilts  Slideshow from my Florida State Fair excursion Works in Progress Blue and White Commission Fabric shopping for other commissions Scrappy Tree Leaf Wall Hanging 2011 Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Red Strip Twist Blocks Butterfly Quilts Recent Purchases Fabric.com remnants Butterfly Wallhanging with Paintstiks Free Pattern Friday Trapunto Cruise! Hexagons Walkie Talkies Travel Games Fabric Shopping in Ports
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Free Pattern Friday – Technique Edition – Wholecloth Trapunto

Every time I go to a quilt show I see one or two wholecloth quilts and just stand there fascinated by the detail and patterns put into these one piece quilts.  It is a whole different kind of quilting when you have to think about the entire piece and create patterns without using different patchwork fabrics.   You can purchase pre-marked kits if you want to attempt this yourself without marking your own top.   A technique commonly used in wholecloth quilting is called trapunto.  This is where extra batting is inserted in certain areas of the quilt to really make it puff up and stand out.  One technique featured on Simply Quilts is the McTavish Style and...
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Another Fabric Order!

So the past few days I wanted to order another jelly roll but what did I end up doing – ordering 2 remnant assortments from Fabric.com and some notions. They have this deal where you get 3 pounds of their end of the bolt remnants for $19.98.  This is the equivalent of about 9 yards of fabric.  I’m all about stash building since my current fabric closet (while it needs reorganizing) can still hold all of my fabric easily.  Can we say more scrappy quilts?  Yes we can.  More than likely I’ll cut up what I get to use in my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt to take on the cruise as my hand working project since...
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